Music and art lovers have staged a virtual concert to try and save one of Sheffield’s venues that has been threatened by the Coronavirus pandemic..
The concert, that showcased Sheffield’s local and up and coming talents, raised a third of their targeted aim and students are planning to continue the fundraising in the future.
Plot 22 was one of 30 venues placed on the Music Venue Trust’s ‘at risk’ list that highlighted those in danger of closing permanently from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
University of Sheffield student, Hannah Youds and her fellow students, set up the virtual concert that took place on the 27th February, in a fundraising event to try and raise money for the venue.
Hannah said: “We raised almost £385, which we were really happy with, considering we’re in a global pandemic and venues aren’t the only thing struggling with their financial situations.
“We were mostly trying to raise awareness and a bit of money, so we were hoping to get people to want to go when things return to normal.”
The government’s announcement on their roadmap back to normality came last week, which gave a lot of people and business a glimmer of hope to return to normality by the 21st June.
Hannah said: “By saying that and being so certain on that date, I think people have already bought tickets for events and I know that they’re going to start putting shows back on soon. I’d like to think that that’s helped them.”
People across Sheffield are still trying to keep the venue open, with the twitter account @SavePlot22 and a Go Fund Me page.
Hannah said: “We do want to keep it going, because we want to keep fundraising”
The financial support is allowing Plot 22 to start to plan for the future so it can offer its creative services when life can return back to normal.